Stem cell transplants are not helpful in breast cancer, studies say

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 10 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:68
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Two large studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine say that women who are at high risk of recurrence of breast cancer rarely benefit from high dose chemotherapy followed by transplantations of their own stem cells. An accompanying editorial reviewed the differences between the studies, one of which, from the Netherlands Cancer Institute, found a slight benefit for some women.

    The experimental regimen of high …

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